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Ad Aware Pro

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July 30, 2011    
 
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  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

Lavasoft Ad-aware Pro is an Internet Security Software for Windows created by Lavasoft Ltd.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Summary

Ad-Aware Pro is an internet security software with strong antispyware functionality. We all know that internet-borne spyware is among the most prevalent and dangerous security threats in cyberspace and if you are online most of time, you are a sitting duck.  Ad-Aware Pro secures your PC from virulent spyware, but it doesn’t end here. Ad-Aware Pro is also quite competent in protecting your PC against viruses, Trojans, keyloggers, dialers and other malware types that can infect you PC anytime you are online. The software offers a rather comprehensive set of protection features so that while the name points to an antispyware focus, its functional features effectively make it a nearly full-featured internet security suite.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Features

It’s difficult to think of Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Pro as merely an anti-spyware solution when you consider the wealth of protection features that rivals many all-around protection suites in the market. Consider the following features:

  • Comprehensive malware protection that includes powerful antivirus detection and cleaning
  • Real time protection with Ad-Watch Live! feature
  • Heuristic file behavior-based detection
  • Malware detection using Genotype Detection Technology
  • Rootkit removal facility with its Expert Level System
  • Malware Removal Tool with its Neutralizer engine
  • Option for a Do Not Disturb feature for full screen gaming and movie watching
  • Web surfing protection on the Internet Explorer through its Download Guard
  • Miscellaneous protection tools like AutoStart Manager, Process Watch, ThreatWork, and Hosts File Editor
  • Scanning facility for network drives
  • Automatic virus footprint database updates with its Pulse Updates
  • Free Technical Support

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro User Interface

The Ad-Aware Pro user interface is straightforward, uncluttered and well organized for the rich functionality it provides.  The application itself is easy and intuitive enough to use and navigate through.  It comes with two distinct modes, one for basic users who simply want to get the protection without much tweaking that require supervision or intervention, and one for advanced users who like to play around with configuration changes.  The installer also comes with the option to install Google Chrome, but if you don’t have interest in it, you can decline the option.  Once installation is done, the Ad-Aware Pro automatically updates itself before restarting.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro Review

Let’s start with a little bad news; it lacks anti-spam and a scanning facility to detect malicious codes in email attachments.  So if you don’t need these features, Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Pro is as adept, powerful and competent in finding and cleaning virus, spyware and other malware as many popular products positioned as complete internet security solutions.

Our experience with the Ad-Aware Pro brought smiles to our faces.  It is clearly competent enough to do what it promises to do with several stand-outs.  Its Ad-Watch Live! Expert technology provides real-time protection from virus and several malware when surfing online or cleaning them should any succeed to get into the hard drive.  It does this by monitoring the network if you’re in one, the windows registry, file behavior and system processes. When malware lodges in your drive or a suspicious change in file behavior is detected, Ad-Watch stops them in their tracks before it even gets a chance to wreak havoc to your system.

Another outstanding feature is its proprietary Genotype detection technology that enhances its detection prowess.  Essentially a heuristics based detection system, it detects and analyzes file behavior that makes suspicious moves that match what a malicious code does.  This is an advantage as most new virus not yet defined in its downloadable signature database to be removed.

The antispyware function is where it shines.  Apart from removing rootkits, its Neutralizer engine prevents future spyware attacks so that removed malware that morphs and attempts to restore itself is effectively blocked.

Working in the background, the software uses minimal computing resources like RAM and CPU cycles.  A quick scan our test lasted no more than two minutes while a full scan to a mere 20 minutes.  There is no perceived performance slowing while scanning so that users hardly notice that a scan is taking place.

Customer support is basic with an in-program user manual and a FAQ page in its support center online. Personalized assistance is available but only through email when contacting its customer support staff. Nevertheless, with its ease of installation and use, along with a rich protection functionality, you may not even have to contact them.

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I used AdAware Free for several years and was very happy with it. This year, I have been hit with rootkit issues twice, though, and the free version can't handle rootkits. The main reason I upgraded was to be able to deal with the more sophisticated malware that is coming out today, because it took me running five different programs to get rid of the first one. When the second one hit me, I found out about AdAware Pro so I bought my license. This one program took care of the rootkit so what took me 7 hours to deal with the first time, took under an hour. Saving those 6 hours is worth more to me than the under $50 I spent on the program.
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Reviewed by JadeM May 01, 2013
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Definitely should have this

I used AdAware Free for several years and was very happy with it. This year, I have been hit with rootkit issues twice, though, and the free version can't handle rootkits. The main reason I upgraded was to be able to deal with the more sophisticated malware that is coming out today, because it took me running five different programs to get rid of the first one. When the second one hit me, I found out about AdAware Pro so I bought my license. This one program took care of the rootkit so what took me 7 hours to deal with the first time, took under an hour. Saving those 6 hours is worth more to me than the under $50 I spent on the program.

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